The changing face of athletics: Lesson from World Anti-Doping ban

Nigel Levine

The world of athletics was aesthetic and entertaining by the late 1990s, but following technological advancements, everything turned a mess.

World champions and legendary figures deserved the title, which came from their hard work cum success.

However, in today’s athletics sphere doping supplements and drugs have changed the face of a true athletic champion.

In UK today (Tuesday 20, 2018), a world champion as well as model sprinter Nigel Levine was suspended from all sporting activities for a period of four years following an anti-doping rule violation.

Reports shows that Levine, a member of Team GB's 4x400 metre relay team, tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance clenbuterol, after an out-of-competition test on November 24, 2017.

Uphold the highest standards

United Kingdom Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead urges athletes to be responsible and principled when it comes to doping as this may tarnish their name.

"All athletes must adhere to the principle of strict liability, and are solely responsible for any substances found in their system.” Nicole said

He adds that "Mr Levine is an elite athlete, who has competed at the Olympic Games, European and World Championships, and has received significant anti-doping education throughout his career.”

"It is up to role models such as Mr Levine to uphold the highest standards when it comes to anti-doping, ensuring they check all supplements thoroughly and are 100 per cent certain they know that what they are consuming is not prohibited." Nicole adds.

This is a great lesson to all athletes who are planning to win world titles under dopping.

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